“Gene’s Journal” the ongoing webcomic which humorously chronicles the “untold stories” of the adolescent years of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, is being turned into a new animated kid’s cartoon for television. More details on the Gene’s Journal series below.
SKYWRITER PARTNERS WITH RODDENBERRY ON NEW ANIMATED KIDS’ COMEDY SERIES
Series Based on Gene’s Journal® Web Comic, A Chronicle of Gene Roddenberry’s Adolescent Years
TORONTO – (July 20, 2011) – Skywriter Media and Entertainment Group, and Roddenberry Entertainment are joining forces to develop an animated kids’ comedy series, Gene’s Journal®, based on the hilarious web comic created by Trevor Roth and illustrated by cartoonist David Reddick; it was announced by Skywriter Media and Entertainment Group CEO Kevin Gillis.
A chronicle of legendary science-fiction icon Gene Roddenberry’s adolescent years, the new animated Gene’s Journal will be targeted to Kids 6-11. Alex Galatis (Atomic Betty, Jimmy Two Shoes) is attached to the project as head writer of the new series.
“We are beaming with excitement at the opportunity to bring television audiences a glimpse into the life and experiences that shaped a young Gene Roddenberry into one of the greatest and most imaginative storytelling minds of the 20th century. Roddenberry’s successful web comic offers a wonderful foundation for this fantastic journey and we look forward to expanding on it in an animated series worthy of the Roddenberry tradition,” said Gillis.
“It’s fun to play with the what-could-have-been part of my father’s life. Gene’s Journal is a concept full of imagination and possibility. I’ve always thought about what the idea could become when it’s able to really spread its wings in a new medium. I couldn’t be more thrilled than to see it making that evolutionary step, and I can’t think of any better place to announce it than here at Comic Con,” said Rod Roddenberry.
“There’s nothing better than working with people who recognize the true potential of a concept you created. Gene’s Journal has always been the story of a unique young boy trying to reconcile the trials and tribulations of adolescence with the hilarity that science fiction has to offer. To adventure into the childhood of such an extraordinary character alongside Alex and Kevin is going to be a real treat, for Roddenberry and for TV audiences,” said Roth.
Gene’s Journal® is the untold, true story behind the adolescent years of Gene Roddenberry. It was during these years that Gene was continuously abducted by aliens for the extraterrestrial purpose of studying human beings – all of his experiences recorded faithfully in his boyhood journal.
The fantastic stories detailing the alien wonders he encountered would later inspire Gene to create some of the greatest science fiction television the world has ever seen. However, in the childhood moments of these experiences, Gene found them to be less than inspiring. Young Gene is constantly trying to reconcile his earthling life with the hilarious alien encounters. After all, it’s quite hard to do your homework, meets girls, play on sports teams, etc., when aliens from the future continue to abduct you for their outlandish needs, missions and entertainment.
About Skywriter Media and Entertainment Group
Headquartered in Toronto, Skywriter Media and Entertainment Group is a fully integrated producer and distributor of original programming and content for all forms of traditional and digital media worldwide. Skywriter was launched in August 2009 by distinguished entertainment industry executives Kevin Gillis (Chief Executive Officer), Michael McLaughlin (President) and Michael Iscove (Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer) as a company committed to the creation, development, financing, acquisition and distribution of quality children’s and family entertainment for the global marketplace. In addition, Skywriter focuses on the production, distribution and marketing of advertiser-supported content for all emerging media in association with leading advertising agencies, technology and digital media companies. Conceived as a destination partner for the entertainment community, Skywriter is a one-stop source for producers of programming and broadcasters alike that nurtures the
creative process and delivers the highest quality product to the global marketplace. For more information about Skywriter Media & Entertainment Group, please visit www.skywritermedia.com.
About Roddenberry Entertainment
Roddenberry Entertainment is a science-fiction leader with a tradition of groundbreaking entertainment. Originally founded in 1967 by Gene Roddenberry, the company has since led a steady stable of science-fiction successes including Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and, most notably, Star Trek. Roddenberry Entertainment continues to produce entertainment for all audiences, employing a viewer-centric creative process and resulting in insightful explorations of humanity. The company’s mission is to make good on its namesake’s promise of superior science-fiction while utilizing new and varied vehicles of delivery. Building on its television roots, this entertainment pioneer has also successfully ventured into graphic novels, documentaries, and comic strips, all the while continuing a long and unique tradition in quality merchandising. Roddenberry Entertainment has set itself apart by creating content that surpasses mere entertainment; it challenges
its audiences to think, question and explore the world, as well as those beyond.
For more information on Roddenberry Entertainment please visit www.Roddenberry.com Roddenberry Entertainment can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/roddenberrycom) and Twitter (twitter.com/roddenberry).
The Second Annual Comix Rock: Art and Music Showcase is our art opening/burlesque show with local artists, live music and much much more. It will again be held at Local’s Only Art & Music Pub in Indianapolis.
IWG will be organizing the event with Indianapolis’ Creme De Les Femmes burlesque troop.
Here is the schedule of events:
All Night Long – Comic Art Show and Auction
7 – 9:30pm – Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School with the Creme De Les Femme Burlesque Troop
10 -10:30pm – Shammers and Left Hand
10:50 – 11:20pm – God Made Robots
11:45pm – ? – Five Year Mission
The theme of this year’s event is Star Trek. The Indy Webcomics Group will we publishing a 10 page mini-comic for the event featuring a starship crew fighting some space pirates. The Creme De Les Femmes girls will be in costume as the starship crew and space pirates.
The Creme De Les Femmes will host and direct a Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School event during the Comix Rock show. For more info on the Dr. Sketchy’s scene nationwide go here. This is where the audience participates by drawing (like art class, remember?) the Burlesque girls as they pose in costume. The girls will judge the audiences drawings and choose their favorites and award prizes accordingly.
Throughout the night there will be three local rock bands providing the music. We are damn excited to have Indy’s own Star Trek TOS tribute band Five Year Mission as the headliner along with Shammers and Left Hand and God Made Robots to complete the lineup.
Starting the night of the event July 9th and continuing for the rest of July, Local’s Only’s walls will be covered with artwork by members of the Indy Webcomics Group. 4-5 pieces each most of which will be for sale by the artist.
Also during the event: IWG will be hosting a one-night only art auction featuring more one-of-a-kind art created by members of the Indy Webcomics Group.
List of event contacts:
Show Promotion and Mini-comic Editor:
Music Promotion and Booking:
IWG is putting the word out for local Indiana comics writer Paul Beel and his project Tales of Power #1. Paul’s comic label King Comics is using Kickstarter to fund the printing of this issue. We think that’s awesome and hope you’ll all check out their Kickstarter page:
Tales of Power is an action-packed team-up book that will introduce the many heroes and villains of the KING Comics universe!! Issue one will follow the heroes Apex and Oath as they battle the villains Atomic and Thoom! Also guest-starring Bluejaye, Scripture, and the Green Zap!!
Just what are Atomic and Thoom after? And why?? Will Apex and Oath discover their plans in time? If they do, can even the combined might of our heroes stop them? Where and how does the Khemica Corporation fit into all of this?
If our goal is met, it will pay for the printing fees of Tales of Power # 1! We at KING Comics, LLC thank you for your interest and support! May GOD bless you and your families!
Paul and his partners publish their books all out of their own pockets literally showing their faith in their projects. This time you can help them bring Tales of Power to life!
Kyle Latino is a member of our group, and I’m not afraid to say one of our most talented friends. The reason I’m posting about it is because Kyle has just announced that he is now doing comics FULL TIME. Which is awesome. Our group mostly consists of professional artists and illustrators that happen to have other full time jobs. Kyle is now making comics his full time job and I am JEALOUS.
He is accepting commissions in addition to being active on several projects. Kyle has done coloring work for Johnny Recon #2 over at POPGUNPULP, and is currently working on a project called Black Cobra. And excuse the punny title for this post. It’s because Kyle is launching a new webcomic titled the Neptonian soon, which is obviously filled with underwater adventure, hence, diving in. Check out the previews here! So head on over to Kyle’s site and check out this guy’s work, which I greatly admire. While you’re there, order a commission!
I forgot to mention! You can also find some of Kyle’s artwork in our group’s new comic anthology: Welcome to Indiana. Available for sale right here!
Thank you Gary, for the attention to the book. I’ve added the link to our press section of the book. you can also read a piece Gary wrote for Metromix Indianapolis prior to the book’s release in which Gary and I discuss Webcomics in today’s internet culture.
You can read preview pages of the anthology and see the promo video featuring some of the contributing authors on our site, here. Spread the word!
UPDATE: Yup. Gary’s review was printed in the latest issue of NUVO released today.